The young LA artist Vinyl Williams has himself an enviable pedigree, being the grandson of composer and conductor John Williams of Indiana Jones and Star Wars fame scores one immediate points with the geek crowd. He also has a head full of psychedelic sounds, pulling in pieces of Radiohead’s later career electronic musings, the whooshier moments of modern rock bands like Tame Impala, as well as some of the stitched together stylings of DJ Shadow. When he’s on, and not spewing out mystical jibber jabber against a backdrop of pretty warble, he can stun. “Higher Worlds” is Vinyl Williams being on and stunning.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More